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Posted on: October 13, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Halloween Events in Arroyo Grande - How to Safely Celebrate


ARROYO GRANDE, CALIFORNIA –The City of Arroyo Grande is pleased to announce two events hosted by the Recreation Services team to celebrate the fall season. The annual Halloween Carnival & Maze at Elm Street Park returns this year on October 30th, from 4:30-7:30 pm in addition to the Mayor’s Challenge: Halloween House Decorating Contest.  

The City of Arroyo Grande Recreation Services Department has a long history of celebrating fall events, and this year the team is excited to get back in action! The Halloween Carnival & Maze is sure to please with outdoor activities such as carnival games and prizes, a pumpkin carving contest, costume contests, laser tag, a spooky and friendly maze, DJ, food for purchase and so much more! This event has advance tickets on sale for $10 for the entire family available online and at the Recreation Office, located at 1221 Ash Street, through October 25th. Tickets will also be available on-site at the event. Don’t miss out on this thrilling community festivity! What once was held in the Village, the Halloween Carnival & Maze was moved to Elm Street Park in 2005 to safely accommodate the increasing numbers of families and children wishing to celebrate the season. Join the Recreation Team with your favorite costume and bring your friends and family where there will be plenty of space to play! 

Additionally, returning this year is the Mayor’s Challenge: Halloween House Decorating Contest. Arroyo Grande residents may enter theirs or a neighbor’s home by October 29th for a chance to be named winner in one the following categories: Scariest, Most Creative, & Best Overall. Entry details and a map of spooky homes will be posted on the City’s website at on the Recreation Services page.    

“Halloween in the Village” will not be held as in years past, and West and East Branch Streets will remain open. Due to traffic safety concerns, the City strongly urges families and trick-or-treaters to celebrate safely on Halloween, in neighborhoods that are well lit and have ample sidewalk space for foot traffic. “If you are driving on Halloween night, please use extra caution and be aware of the trick-or-treaters walking through our neighborhoods.  If we all work together, Halloween can be a safe event for our community,” stated Police Chief Michael Martinez. 

More information about the Halloween Carnival & Maze and Mayor’s Challenge: Halloween House Decorating Contest  can be found on the City’s website at “We are thrilled to offer a series of safe Halloween-themed activities this year. We look forward to seeing your spookiest and most creative expressions at work this Halloween!” stated City Manager Whitney McDonald. 

More information about the County’s guidance for Halloween can be found at 

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Whitney McDonald, City Manager 

Sheridan Bohlken, Recreation Services Director 

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